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Computer work may lead to vision problems

Louisiana residents may be interested in a new study on the unwanted health effects of looking at digital device screens for excessive amounts of time. The Vision Council released a report that indicates that more than 60 percent of adults spend at least five hours on digital devices every day.

WebMD says that anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of computer workers could develop "computer vision syndrome" because of monitor glare, flickering lights and screen contrast. Symptoms of this injury include red eyes, headaches, double or blurred vision, neck or back pain and eye irritation. Those who already have eye issues and work with computers are more likely to suffer from computer vision syndrome.

To reduce the risk of eye fatigue and strain, researchers suggest that computer users adjust screen text to a larger size, use glare filters, and lower the lighting on their screens. Regularly cleaning digital screens can also help reduce glare. When using a screen, it should be between 20 and 26 inches away from the eyes and slightly below one's eye level. Those who work regularly on digital screens should visit an eye doctor and ask for a dilated eye exam. Such exams could help pinpoint any potential vision issues.

When an employee experiences an injury or illness while on the job, they may be able to file a workers' compensation claim and obtain benefits. Those who are having trouble filing such a claim could receive help from an attorney. Injured workers could get compensation for medical costs and lost work time.

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